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- It’s time to prove that Cornwall really is Proud to Care!
- Cornwall Council provides £100,000 to support crisis groups during Coronavirus pandemic
- Cornwall Council moves to protect those in housing distress due to Covid-19
- No Lifeguard cover on Cornwall’s beaches, due to Covid 19
- Help for Cornwall businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic
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Parking zone restrictions and car park charges waived to support essential workers during Covid-19 pandemic
Cornwall Council has suspended car park charges until the end of April to support essential workers during the pandemic.
These changes will come into effect from midnight tonight (March 27) and will be reviewed on a monthly basis.
Councillor Geoff Brown, portfolio holder for transport, said: “We need residents to stay at home and stay safe, now is not the time for anyone to worry about parking charges and issues associated with coin handling.
"We also want to make it as easy as possible for essential workers to get to and from work and removing parking charges is one way in which we can support them during this critical time.
“It is really important, however, that people always remember to park considerately and continue to follow government guidance about avoiding any unnecessary travel.”
Anyone with questions about the new parking arrangements should email the Council’s Parking Services team in the first instance firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team will aim to respond within 10 working days. If you don’t have access to email or the Internet please call 0300 1234 222.
Posted on 27 March 2020
Cornwall’s hotel industry will soon be joining Cornwall Council in helping to reduce the impact of coronavirus by providing a place to stay for people who have been in hospital, are able to be discharged, but are not ready to go home.
Cornwall Council’s adult social care team has been working on this scheme that will help free up 120 hospital beds while ensuring those people still get the care and support they need.
Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for adults Rob Rotchell said: “We have been working very hard to find ways in which we can support people to live safely at home following their stay in hospital, and, in the current climate, with such a strain on our resources this has proved a particular challenge. We have just launched a massive recruitment campaign to enlist the help of people across Cornwall for the care sector which will also help to relieve the pressure on the health and care system.
“The people who will be using this resource have been in hospital with varying conditions not related to Coronavirus and now no longer require hospital care so this a great solution for them, keeping them well and nearer to being back into their own home.
“Fully trained care workers, deployed from Corcare, part of Corserv, will make sure that everyone in the hotels are receiving the support they need, as well as putting in all of the measures in place to get them back home as soon as they can. People will be transported safely from the hospital and then met by a member of the care and support team to settle them into their room and answer any questions. Social distancing requirements will be strictly followed at all times to help keep people safe.”
The first hotel to open will be the independent, and family-owned, Carnmarth Hotel in Newquay and the owner, Will Hatfield, said: “We are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that staff are trained and equipped to support people. I’m really pleased and very proud that we are able to help Cornwall and support the health and care system at this time of emergency”.
Conversations are underway with other hotels in Cornwall who are similarly wanting to show their support and replicate these services. It is thought they should all be in operation within the next month.
This is a short-term arrangement, expected to be in place for a period of up to 12 weeks. During this time the hotels will not be open to the general public.
Story posted on 27 March
People who need care and support in Cornwall are calling on everyone who can, to urgently step up and apply for a role in Cornwall’s care sector.
The call for more carers comes as Cornwall faces an unprecedented demand for care and support during the Coronavirus emergency.
Cornwall Council is mobilising as many workers as it can spare, as well as leading the recruitment campaign, working closely with its arms-length company, Corserv, Volunteer Cornwall , Cornwall Adult Health and Social Care Learning Partnership (CAHSC) and other partners to ensure that the people who need help don’t miss out on vital care.
Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Cllr Rob Rotchell said: “This recruitment campaign comes as Cornwall steps up its effort to address the strain that Coronavirus is putting on its residents.
“As the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust has started to prepare for the demand on its resources, the council, and the whole of Cornwall’s population has a part to play in supporting them. We are currently in the process of increasing the capacity of beds in our care sector to make sure that people are able to leave hospital much quicker. We are also looking at how we can redirect some of our current staff into these vital roles to make sure the most vulnerable in our society are cared for. Across the Corserv Group, 30 employees have already redeployed to various areas to support the efforts, and more people will be joining them next week.
“We now need as many people in Cornwall as possible to think about how they can help. A large number of people have already registered their interest and availability to help with Volunteer Cornwall, which is great to see, and we are working closely with them to see how many of those people could help in the care sector, with many paid roles available. We are now asking any of you who are currently unemployed or have time to spare to think about whether you could help people in their time of need. There is also a strong message for anyone who has worked in care before, now is the time to re-join. We need you.”
Andy Brelsford from Volunteer Cornwall said: “It’s been an amazing response from Cornwall so far with over 2000 people already getting in touch in the last few weeks, all wanting to help people in their community. Being able to signpost some of these people to paid employment is also a bonus when so many people are facing sudden unemployment.”
Cllr Rotchell added: “With Cornwall’s ‘super-ageing’ population there was already a considerable shortage of carers to meet the demand needed, and it’s now more important than ever that get these roles filled as soon as possible so that no one in Cornwall is left alone and uncared for.
“I’d also like to pass on my heartfelt, grateful thanks to the carers already going above and beyond by continuing to help those who can’t look after themselves at the moment. They are providing a vital service and their efforts in this current crisis will be remembered by us all for the years to come. I’d also like to thank CAHSC for all of their hard work in supporting this programme of work.”
CAHSC have led work with providers to develop a comprehensive induction programme to ensure that all those who are recruited have the essential skills and knowledge required for the role and there are plenty of opportunities for this to become a permanent role in the future.
If you can help then please visit the Proud to Care Cornwall website and apply as soon as possible.
If you would like to help but only in a volunteer capacity then please visit the Volunteer Cornwall website
Story posted on 27 March
Staff at Cornwall Council are working flat out with the community and voluntary sector to help the residents of Cornwall who are most vulnerable during this unprecedented crisis.
As a priority, our staff are working with central Government and local partners so that local community hubs are ready to respond where people in Cornwall choose to request the help they need through central Government. We will continue to update our communities as our plans are firmed up.
As the Coronavirus pandemic develops, we have seen huge demands placed on crisis groups across Cornwall – the foodbanks, the homeless shelters and the soup kitchens.
To help ensure these groups can continue to support vulnerable residents, Cornwall Council has contributed £100,000 to Cornwall Community Foundation’s (CCF) Cornwall Coronavirus Emergency Appeal.
The CCF has taken a lead role in providing crisis support, offering small grants of £500 - £3,000 to organisations in Cornwall, to cover the additional costs of supporting people during the coronavirus crisis.
Members of the public can also donate to the emergency appeal by visiting https://www.cornwallcommunityfoundation.com/donate-to-cornwall-emergency-coronavirus-appeal/
Cornwall Council leader Julian German said: “We will do whatever we can joining forces with our partners across Cornwall to protect our most vulnerable residents during this unprecedented time. The work of these crisis groups is always vital, but never more so than right now and I want to thank each and every volunteer involved in this amazing work.
“They are stretched by the demands being placed on them, alongside the unique challenges posed by the pandemic, such as the difficulty in getting hold of food.
“We are calling on central Government to direct supermarkets to introduce priority purchasing arrangements for foodbanks, so that we can make sure our most vulnerable residents are not going hungry in this crisis.”
“Right now, anyone in Cornwall who needs help with shopping, collecting medicines or other practical help and support can request a volunteer by ringing 01872 265300 or emailing email@example.com.
“Arrangements are in place with local pharmacies to include prescription collection as part of this service. Volunteer Cornwall have over 1,500 individuals and 160 community groups registered to provide support – and they will always follow up with the individual to ensure the volunteering has happened and their needs were met.
“We have made arrangements with the police so that volunteers registered with Volunteer Cornwall can easily identify themselves as carrying out essential activity.”
Jane Hartley DL, Chairman of the CCF said: “The Coronavirus outbreak is putting immense pressure on foodbanks and other small, frontline community groups supporting people most in need in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Demand is increasing as a result of redundancies and isolation from usual support networks.
“At the same time, food donations have reduced due to stockpiling and local charities cannot get out in their communities to do their usual fund raising. We are very grateful to Cornwall Council for their quick response to this unprecedented crisis and for donating £100,000 to support the vital work of grassroots organisations.”
Cornwall Council is aware that there is increasing concern, due to the guidance on Covid-19, about members of the community who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
The Council commissions Cornwall Housing Limited to deliver housing options services, and this continues to operate as an essential service.
Keeping residents safe is our number one priority. If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness, you should contact Cornwall Housing Limited on 0300 1234 161 and ask for the Prevention & Engagement team. You can also find useful information and advice on their website at www.cornwallhousing.org.uk
If you are concerned about someone who is sleeping rough, you should report this through Streetlink by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk or by phoning them on 0300 500 0914. Streetlink will then inform our Outreach Team who can make contact with the person and offer them help and support to find accommodation.
The Government has confirmed that hotels, B&Bs, hostels and holiday parks who are providing accommodation to support people who are homeless through arrangements with the local authority or other public bodies should remain open to facilitate these arrangements. If you are able to offer accommodation to the local authority to support their Covid-19 response, please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on 26 March 2020
Usually Lifeguard cover for many of Cornwall’s beaches begins from this Saturday onwards marking the start of the Easter Holidays.
But this year in response to the Covid 19 outbreak the RNLI is having to withdraw Lifeguard services.
Lifeguards were due to be deployed across Cornish beaches as of this weekend 28 March, but for the time being their familiar flags marking safe bathing areas, warning flags showing unsafe conditions, and their reassuring Lifeguards in vehicles and lookouts, will be missing.
Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Rob Nolan, says: “Like the advice around Covid itself, this means extra vigilance by the public in order to remain safe.”
“Our beaches are open, though you must not make unnecessary journeys to them, or congregate on them. But be aware that there will no longer be Lifeguards keeping an eagle eye out for people in danger or in need of rescue. Social distancing also means that people will be dispersed, and in general there will be fewer people around to spot anyone who needs help. Inevitably some experienced swimmers and surfers may still want to go into the sea. Leisure centres are also closed, so swimming pools will not be offering a safer alternative.”
“I urge beach users and walkers, and in particular parents, to be extra vigilant while there are no Lifeguards in place. Parents may be in charge of only one member of their household. We must follow the Government’s anti-virus guidelines, but if we choose to use the beaches for our daily exercise we all have to take responsibility for our own safety in the water. Heed warning signs advising of local hazards, check tide times to avoid being cut off, and look at weather conditions before setting out into, or onto, the sea.”
It is important to note that the RNLI's Lifeboat stations remain on service. The RNLI says it is working towards providing a peak summer season service, if the situation with Covid 19 at that time allows it.
But for now, it falls to every individual to use the beaches and the sea as safely as possible.
Cornwall Council’s Countryside Services team is in regular contact with the RNLI and will notify everyone as soon as they have a clear indication of Lifeguard services being resumed.
Following on from our commitment to clarify with government what help would be available for struggling businesses, Cornwall Council has now received further information about how the schemes for Local Authority Business Rate Grants to Businesses will be made available.
The Council expects to receive the grant funding from government in early April, at which time it will be made available immediately to struggling businesses. There is no need to apply or to contact the Council.
Whilst the details of the scheme are still being finalised, the Council is committed to getting advice and information to all businesses as soon as possible and is able to advise businesses that:
The Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) will be available for all businesses in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rate Relief (RRR). Businesses will receive £10,000. There are approx. 19,500 Cornish businesses in this category.
The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) will be available to those businesses in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (there are 5,600 Cornish businesses in this category) as follows:
- Rateable value up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000
- Rateable value over £15,000 to £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000
- Businesses with a rateable value over £51,000 are not eligible
Exclusions will include private stables, beach huts, moorings etc, car parks and parking spaces and businesses who were in liquidation as of 11th March. It should be noted that State Aid Limitations apply.
Businesses will NOT need to apply for the grants of £10,000 or £25,000. They will be contacted shortly in order for Cornwall Council to check or obtain bank details. Once the Council has these correct details, payments will be sent to the registered Business Rate payer in April. There is no need to contact the Council. We are committed to updating businesses further when we can.
Cornwall Council’s Leader Julian German said: “We are committed to helping our residents and businesses through this crisis. We promised to seek urgent clarification about these schemes and will update businesses in Cornwall as more information becomes available.”
The information was welcomed by Mark Duddridge, chair of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, who said: “Businesses are desperate for support and will welcome the pledge by Cornwall Council to disperse these funds as soon as they are available. We are currently collecting data about the impact of coronavirus on the business community and are asking businesses to fill out a short survey here so that we can feed back information to Government to help shape future support.”
The Council is working closely with its partners and business organisations to help Cornish businesses affected by the pandemic. Please check our website for further updates or you can visit the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub which is constantly updated with the latest coronavirus business support information.
Story posted on March 25, 2020
We are deeply saddened to learn of the fifth death in Cornwall relating to Coronavirus.
The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has confirmed the patient, who had been cared for at Royal Cornwall Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, has died.
The patient was in their 60s and had underlying health conditions.
Their family has been informed about the cause of death and are following national guidance.
Our thoughts go out to their family and friends at this difficult time.
We are continuing to work closely with our health colleagues to support their efforts to manage Coronavirus.
We urge everyone to follow the Government’s advice on staying at home, especially for our older residents and people with underlying health conditions.
Please see www.gov.uk/coronavirus for all latest advice.
Story posted on 22 March, 2020
The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has confirmed that four patients who had been cared for at Royal Cornwall Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died this week.
The patients were all over 70 and had underlying health conditions.
The RCHT says their families have been informed about the cause of death and are following national guidance.
Julian German, Leader of Cornwall Council, said: “We are deeply saddened to note the first deaths in Cornwall relating to Coronavirus. Our thoughts go out to their families and friends at this incredibly difficult time.
“I want to reassure residents across Cornwall that we are working closely with our health colleagues to support their efforts to manage Coronavirus.
“It is vital that we stay united as a community and look out for each other – especially older residents and people with underlying health conditions – and that we follow the Government’s advice on social distancing and avoiding non-essential travel.
“Everyone at the council is working extremely hard to make sure the core frontline services that residents rely on the most can keep running while this situation is ongoing.
“I’d also like to pay tribute to those working in health and other front-line services. They are doing a remarkable job in difficult circumstances.”
Steve Brown, Deputy Director of Public Health at Cornwall Council, said: “My sincere condolences are with the families, friends and loved ones at this sad time.
“We are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Cornwall are protected. Everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of infection.
“The best action we can all take to prevent spread of the virus is to follow the Government’s advice on social distancing, avoiding non-essential travel and following the NHS advice. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time, and if you cough or sneeze cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or cough into your elbow. If you use a tissue throw it away immediately – catch it, bin it, kill it.
“Clean down surfaces regularly and practice good hand hygiene when you arrive home, get to work, and before you eat and drink.”
The Government has issued guidance to reduce the spread of infection which requires anyone who has symptoms of a coronavirus infection – a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher) – to stay at home for seven days from the point that their symptoms first started.
This will help protect others in the community while the individual is infectious. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, visit NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
The latest government advice is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Story posted on 21 March, 2020
With regret, we are temporarily closing Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s archive centre and the home of Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service, due to the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 virus.
The health of our visitors, volunteers and staff is of the highest importance to us so, in line with current advice, we will be closed for public visits from Friday 20 March until further notice.
Where possible our staff will continue to work on-site to care for our archive collections and carry out our enquiry, document copy and research services.
We will also still be providing access for key public services such as the coroners and police.
Although we have suspended our public activity programme for the immediate future, we are looking forward to welcoming schools and groups back later in the year, and continuing to deliver our successful range of exhibitions and events.
We have also temporarily suspended our on-site volunteer and work experience programme, and will restart both of these as soon as we are able.
Our catalogue, information about our collections, and online exhibitions are still available to everyone on our website at www.kresenkernow.org.
We will also be using our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @kresenkernow) to continue to share inspiring and engaging content from 850 years of Cornwall’s archive history.
We will contact anyone who has pre-ordered documents for a research visit in the upcoming months.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding at this difficult time and please do keep an eye on our website and social media for updates and information.
Published on March 20, 2020
Cornwall prides itself on being an open and welcoming place, but during these unprecedented times we ask that anyone planning a trip to Cornwall consider deferring their visit and avoid all but essential travel.
There are three urgent requests of government:
- That an announcement is made today that will ensure that the tens of thousands of workers in the sector, including those in the supply chain, will have a fair wage support mechanism, so that they are supported through this crisis.
- The Government provides clarity to businesses, that if a business has closed, or is thinking of closing, that they will gain full access to the financial packages and support available. Many businesses are concerned that if they voluntarily close they will firstly void any insurance that they may have, and secondly make themselves ineligible for Government financial support.
- Finally, clarity on the definition of non-essential travel is required. At present non-essential travel appears to focus purely on the use of public transport. It does not provide any clarity about whether going for a short break or a holiday in the UK is deemed to be non-essential travel. Given the fast escalating situation, Visit Cornwall believes that a holiday or short break should be deemed as non-essential travel. This would avoid the confusion that currently exists and mean that customers’ personal travel insurance should reimburse visitors who choose to cancel rather than postpone their holiday.
As the restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus begin to be implemented across the country we are aware of the huge impact this is having on the tourism and hospitality sector in Cornwall. We are already seeing businesses close and redundancies made.
However, we are also aware that additional visitors to Cornwall at this time will potentially put extra pressure on public services, including the NHS.
Visit Cornwall has been considering the scenarios for several weeks, but it is now clearer how this will impact on the UK and Cornwall significantly in the next three to six months.
Our advice is for visitors to plan to come to Cornwall later in the year when more of our facilities are open for business, trading normally, and when visitors will get the high-quality experience they associate with coming to Cornwall.
We urge anyone considering travelling to Cornwall in the coming days and weeks to think carefully about the implications of being removed from your normal social network during the coronavirus period, the risk of not being able to travel back home as planned, to be aware that supermarkets are experiencing the same pressures here as elsewhere, and consider the added pressure on public services in a rural area which this travel may cause.
We urge people to delay their visit to Cornwall to a later stage. This will also reassure our communities that we are doing everything possible to contain the spread of Coronavirus over the next few weeks.
Welcoming visitors back to Cornwall will be key to our economic recovery.
But Government needs to act in order to support tourism businesses through this difficult time.
Cornwall Council, Visit Cornwall and the Local Enterprise Partnership will continue to work in partnership to support the sector and our communities through this difficult period.
Posted on March 20, 2020
As a consequence of the Covid-19 virus, the Returning Officer has taken the decision to suspend scheduled polls due to take place in Cornwall between now and 7 May 2020.
This includes the Parish Council by-election in the Stratton Ward of Bude Town Council, due to be held on Thursday, 19 March 2020.
New national guidance issued for Returning Officers on the evening of 18 March confirmed that it would be both reasonable and consistent with the national position for a Returning Officer to suspend any poll scheduled within this period, including those due to take place imminently.
The elections will take place on a new date to be announced.
This decision has been taken with due regard to ensure fair participation in our democracy and the protection of the public and elections staff during this time.
Story posted on 18 March 2020
Residents are being asked for their views and suggestions on new planning rules to help Cornwall tackle the climate emergency.
The Climate Change Development Plan Document, or DPD, will outline Cornwall Council’s vision to protect the environment by introducing new planning policies and strengthening existing rules to support Cornwall Council’s ambitious aim to become carbon neutral by 2030.
At a meeting at Lys Kernow today (March 18) Cabinet members approved initial plans for public consultation on the new DPD to start at the end of this month.
Due to the social distancing requirements introduced in response to the Coronavirus the Council will be consulting on the plans online and will not be holding exhibitions or face to face events at this point. Residents and other stakeholders will be able to view the proposals and to give their views by email and through webcasts. Further details on the webcasts will follow.
Climate Change DPD policies are being considered to support:
Green energy –This could mean allocating areas for renewable energy, safeguarding renewable energy sources, and promoting energy storage solutions to ensure renewable power generated in Cornwall can be used here.
Enhancing the environment – Using nature to reduce Cornwall’s carbon footprint, protecting and increasing biodiversity and planting more trees and hedges, for example through the 8,000-hectare Forest for Cornwall programme.
More efficient housing – Building homes with alternative, renewable energy sources, improving building standards and retrofitting Cornwall Council housing to make homes warmer and greener.
Greener travel – Looking at ways to reduce the need to travel by designing places that encourage walking and cycling.
Community resilience – Increasing resilience to coastal change and flooding, making sure buildings are in safe locations and creating natural flood management systems.
Like the Local Plan, the new Climate Change DPD would become a statutory planning document supporting and strengthening the policies that have already been adopted, to protect the environment.
All suggestions and feedback received during the consultation will be considered but not all ideas can be included in planning policy.
There will be further chances to comment this year before the final policies are decided and submitted to Government for inspection next year.
Councillor Bob Egerton, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for culture, economy and planning, said: “Cornwall already has a Local Plan in place with a number of adopted policies that are aimed at addressing climate change.
“The DPD that we are developing will help us to be more ambitious, it will create new policies and help strengthen existing ones that address specific issues affecting Cornwall. The legislation that supports the DPD will give additional powers to help protect our environment.
“The DPD is at an early scoping stage and while evidence is being gathered from experts and stakeholders on a wide range of themes from building to natural climate solutions, it’s important that you tell us what you think.
“At the end of March we will start an initial period of consultation, when we’ll ask for your thoughts around the issues you believe we should concentrate on and your suggestions on how to address the major causes of climate change.”
Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall’s cabinet member for climate change and neighbourhoods, said: “Cornwall’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2030 needs a combined effort and no single measure will provide the solutions we need.
“As part of a range of measures we are looking at to address the climate emergency, my colleagues in planning have a major part to play.”
Story posted March 18, 2020
Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership react to the Government’s support
“Cornwall Council alongside the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership will do all that it can to support our residents and businesses and to help mitigate the effects of Coronavirus,” Cornwall Council leader Julian German told cabinet today.
“We know that Cornwall is a place that pulls together, and I ask everyone in every community to support each other and work together through the coming months.
“Whilst the advice from Government is aimed at preventing the spread of Coronavirus and reducing demand on health services, Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership are acutely aware that the restrictions put in place are having a significant impact on businesses.
“I welcome the government’s announcements that support will be available through loans, business rate relief and grants, and await more details about how those plans will affect people here in Cornwall. We urge government to make that information available as soon as possible.
“We know also that this public health crisis will mean financial hardship to many of our residents if the businesses who employ them are severely impacted. The government needs to bring forward proposals for helping those residents who will find themselves in financial hardship as a matter of urgency.”"/>
Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Mark Duddridge said: “We should not underestimate the pressure businesses are under and whilst we welcome the governments announcements that support to businesses will be forthcoming through loans, business rate relief and grants, we need to make sure that the scale of the support matches the scale of the challenges businesses are facing and that the support available focuses on both ensuring businesses and individuals are supported through the crisis.
“We are committed to listening to business and are already working with representative organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Business and Visit Cornwall to understand the challenges the business community are facing.
“We will continue to work in partnership to do all we can to support our business community. Our immediate focus is to get business support schemes up and running as quickly as possible and to signpost businesses to the right business support and application processes, however, it may take a short period to be able to provide clarity on all the support available.”
The most up to date information for businesses from both Cornwall Council and national government will be provided through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub. This can be accessed via www.ciosgrowthhub.com/business-resilience or 01209 708660.
A smallholder whose sheep were found starved and mutilated has been banned from keeping farm animals for five years after a prosecution by Cornwall Council inspectors.
Nicholas Holley, 51, from Tramside Farm, Portreath, pleaded guilty when he appeared before Truro Magistrates Court last week.
He was charged with:
- Failing to provide adequate food to his flock of sheep
- Allowing sheep to have access to collapsed fencing and broken machinery that could have injured them
- Mutilating a sheep by docking its tail so short that the tail did not cover its vulva
- Failing to shear or provide shade to sheep in August 2019
- On 10 September 2019 caused unnecessary suffering to a sheep by failing to notice it was trapped or to release it from being trapped.
Kevin Hill, prosecuting, told the court that Holley had gone on holiday and left a friend caring for 50 sheep at the smallholding near Redruth despite the friend having no previous experience of sheep husbandry.
Many of the sheep were emaciated yet had no supplementary feed, and the sheep had access to scrap and collapsed fencing. On a revisit officers of the Council found a sheep trapped in a fence; it had been trapped for at least 24 hours and once released was hungry and thirsty.
In January 2020 the sheep were not being fed hay and had strayed onto neighbouring land and roadside verges to forage. Mr Holley had been cautioned for similar offences in 2018.
The magistrates gave credit for the early guilty plea and genuine remorse.
In sentencing, Holley was banned from keeping farm animals for five years, given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £5,000 towards the council’s costs.
Stuart Benson, the Head of Business Standards and Registration for Cornwall Council, said: “This case involved a vet from DEFRA and four animal health inspectors handling and inspecting sheep to ensure they were in good health.
“It clearly demonstrates that we will always take action to ensure that standards are met in our farming industry, and should send a clear message to anyone thinking about trying to cut corners.”
Councillor Rob Nolan, portfolio holder for Public Protection, said: “Where officers find repeated non-compliance or a complete disregard for farm animal welfare, the council will take formal action to protect animals and the reputation of the Cornish farming industry.”
Helen Charlesworth May appointed to new role of joint accountable officer for public health and care.
Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group have today (16 March) announced that Helen Charlesworth May has been appointed to the new role of joint accountable officer for public health and care.
Helen brings extensive experience of working in both the NHS and social care. Helen joined Cornwall Council from Lambeth Council 2 years ago, bringing with her over 30 years of experience working across adult social care and health, driving forward innovative health and care integration.
The role will provide joint leadership and oversight, as services continue to evolve to meet the changing demands of our population. Public Health, health and, care services will be better placed to develop joint approaches and services which respond to people’s needs and promote the wider health and wellbeing of people and communities.
The news follows last month’s announcement of a joint agreement between the two organisations to establish a new leadership role across both organisations. The role incorporates the duties undertaken by NHS Kernow’s Chief Officer and Cornwall Council’s Strategic Director of adult care and support. The joined-up leadership will help deliver on the new vision for health and wellbeing for the next ten years that has been developed by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership by ‘working together to tackle health inequalities, everyone can enjoy good health and wellbeing and grow, live, work and age well.’
Dr Iain Chorlton, Chair of NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group said, “We are delighted that Helen has agreed to accept the role. She has already played an important contribution to developing joint approaches across our organisations. We believe Helen has outstanding skills, experience and attributes to work across the two organisations and the ability to create the right environment for these new arrangements to thrive, and to develop more integrated strategic commissioning for health, care and wellbeing services.
“This is a key step in working together to transform and develop services that meet the needs of our very unique population. Personally I am also delighted that Helen both recognises and supports the important role primary care will play in the integration of care locally, and her commitment to engage with our GP member practices.
“Whilst this is a significant and positive step forward I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Jackie Pendleton, our outgoing Chief Officer. Without her outstanding leadership over the last few years, we would not have the strong foundations on which to take forward this appointment.”
Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Cllr Rob Rotchell said: “This is an important role which will have lasting benefits for the residents of Cornwall who use these services in the future. Bringing the two roles together will lead to a more efficient and importantly, more responsive service. I very much look forward to working with Helen in her new role.
“I have worked closely with Helen for the last 20 months and she has proved to be outstanding in her current role as well as being instrumental in the transformation of adult social care in Cornwall.
“Both candidates were excellent and I’d like to thank Jackie for all her hard work which has helped to get us to this next stage in providing people in Cornwall with a more seamless service between their care and health needs”
Jackie Pendleton said, “I am incredibly proud to have been part of the NHS Kernow team over the last four and a half years. As a clinical commissioning group we have been on a journey of improvement and this has been evidenced by our assurance rating moving from inadequate to good and the removal of legal directions and special measures.
“Alongside this improvement journey has been another journey of integration between the different elements of the NHS, with colleagues within services provided by our two councils and with support from a really vibrant voluntary and community sector.
“We are now ready to take the next step towards establishing a strategic commissioning function across NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council and this feels like a really good time for me to step aside and welcome Helen to provide leadership for this next stage of our journey.
“I have worked with some fabulous people since moving to Cornwall and want to thank all of them for the welcome and support they have given me during my time here. I am looking forward to enjoying all of the other things that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have to offer which was the reason we moved here in the first place!”
The new role is an interim appointment for an initial period of 18 months.
Story posted on 16 March
Cornwall Council is asking Launceston residents for their views on a draft action plan to improve air quality in the town.
Local people are being encouraged to share their thoughts on the options the council is investigating to improve local air quality. The draft action plan is an important step towards opening up funding opportunities for measures that could help to improve the town’s air quality.
The consultation period runs until 4 May 2020.
Along with eight other Cornish towns Cornwall Council declared Launceston an Air Quality Management Area in 2018 after long term monitoring found that some of the town, in particular Newport Square and St Thomas Road, showed high readings of traffic-related nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
Launceston’s air quality is affected by road traffic, mostly along the A388. Private diesel cars are the main offenders, contributing around 44% of the pollution.
Properties in the affected areas of Newport Square and St Thomas Road will receive a leaflet about the options. There will be a drop-in exhibition in The Guildhall in the Town Hall on Wednesday 18 March from 2.00pm to 6pm with staff from Cornwall Council on hand to answer questions.
Anyone can comment on the draft action plan proposals at the drop in session, on the Launceston air quality page or by emailing email@example.com, posting their comments to the council or handing them in at any Library and Information Centre.
Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, says: “Cornwall Council is committed to making Cornwall greener and healthier and as part of our Clean Air for Cornwall strategy we already have a range of projects and policies to help improve air quality.”
“These include minimising emissions from bus and works vehicle fleets, requiring electric vehicle charging points in new homes, introducing car share clubs and many others. Once we’ve considered the comments from this consultation we’ll be able to begin implementing local measures to help improve air quality in Launceston.”
There are eight other Air Quality Management Areas in Cornwall - Bodmin, Camborne-Pool-Redruth, Camelford, Grampound, Gunnislake, St Austell, Tideford and Truro.
There’s more information and a link to the online survey on the Launceston Air Quality page.
The Truro Park and Ride buses that currently run from 6.30am until 7.30pm Monday to Saturday, are set to run later into the evening
Residents, visitors, students, commuters and those enjoying a night out in Truro will be able to use the popular Park and Ride service from 6.30am all day up until 10pm from Monday to Saturday from Monday 30 March.
Cornwall Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown, said: “We’ve listened to passenger feedback and we’ve been able to extend the hours of operation of the Truro Park and Ride to improve the service to better fit customer needs.”
“It is an important, convenient and reliable service for people visiting and working in Truro.”
“Over one million passenger journeys a year are currently made on the Truro Park and Ride, reducing the number of car journeys into the city by taking some 1500 vehicles off the roads of Truro each day and improving air quality.”
The most that people will pay to be able to park all day and easily travel to the hospital or into the city to work, visit or shop is £2.
It’s even cheaper if you buy one of the multi-day tickets which mean you can park at the Langarth or Tregurra sites and travel into Truro on one of the comfortable and frequent buses for as little as £1.40 a day, helping further reduce congestion and air pollution in Truro.
First Kernow was recently awarded the contract to operate the Truro Park and Ride for a further 8 years.
The last buses will leave each site at 9.30pm Mondays to Saturdays, providing a minimum 15 minute frequency across the week.
Story posted 13 March 2020
Cornwall Council has welcomed the Budget announcement of funding improvements to the A39 Atlantic Highway at Camelford which will tackle congestion, improve air quality and revitalise Camelford town centre and the wider local economy.
In his Budget statement on March 11, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP confirmed that the Government would back the Council’s bid for £540,000 towards developing the case for the scheme which will help ‘unblock’ the A39 as the main route from north Cornwall to north Devon.
Councillor Geoff Brown said the announcement marked a major step forward for the project, which has been developed with the local community over many years.
“This announcement means this is a scheme the Government considers a priority for the South West region and one that is expected to become a reality within the next five years,” he said. “It recognises the wishes of local residents and businesses who have been working with us to produce a scheme that works for the local community and will benefit the whole of North Cornwall.
“We are now considering feedback from the recent consultation events and will incorporate these into the design where possible.”
Camelford was declared an Air Quality Management Area in 2017 due to the poor air quality readings along the A39 and this scheme will tackle that issue as well improve Camelford town centre and the local economy.
North Cornwall MP Scott Mann has welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement saying: “The people of Camelford and the surrounding area and their vocal support for this scheme have made the real difference. Their backing has given me real strength when taking the case for this new road to the highest levels of government.”
Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Councillor for Camelford, said: “This is more than building a new road. Rerouting the A39 will bring many benefits to Camelford and give us as a town the opportunity to revitalise the local area.”
It is anticipated that work will begin on the scheme in late 2021 and be completed by late 2023, subject to funding and planning consents. Cornwall Council has committed £6.5m towards the £42.5m project.
Story posted 13 March 2020
Preparatory work will begin this month on a section of land which is set to become part of the new A30 link road for St Austell and clay country communities.
The work on Imerys-owned land at Stenalees will help prepare the site for the £85m St Austell to A30 link road, which will also feature a ‘green corridor’ of wildflowers, heathland, trees and shrubs to support wildlife habitats and insects.
Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown, said that in principle the government is prepared to contribute £79m to the scheme after a strong funding bid from Cornwall Council to the Department for Transport (DfT).
“Once confirmation of funding from the DfT has been received, construction work can begin on providing this link which residents and businesses have wanted for many years,” he said.
“The work at Stenalees shows our commitment to this project – we’re carrying out as much as the preparatory work as we can now so that as soon as funding is confirmed we can get on with building the road.
“I’d like to thank Imerys for working with us on this project – the company’s extensive clay country knowledge is invaluable.”
Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay said: “It is great to see the first steps being taken to prepare for the new link road to be built. Following securing almost £80m of funding from the government to make this road possible we really are in the final stages. I am confident we will receive the final sign of from the Department of Transport in the coming weeks, once the final legal processes are completed. But it is good to see the Council begin work to ensure we are ready to get on with the construction.”
The new road will link the A391 at Carluddon with the A30 at Victoria, supporting employment, housing and regeneration in the area. It will run from the Singlerose Roundabout south of Stenalees, bypassing to the west of Roche to link to the A30 via the Victoria junction.
When the new road is complete, there will be new routes for walking, cycling and horse riding, with five-and-a-half miles of new paths to give residents greater opportunities for leisure and recreation.
Additional measures to improve the environment and reduce traffic speeds for residents through Roche, Bugle, Stenalees and along the B3274 Bodmin Road, will also form part of the project.
Cornwall Councillor for Bugle Sally-Anne Saunders said: “I firmly believe that this new road and the complementary measures associated with it, will make a huge difference to the lives of residents in Bugle and Stenalees and so I am greatly encouraged to see Cornwall Council's commitment in getting the project underway. After many years of talking about it, this preparatory work will be the first really tangible sign to these communities that this project is going to be a reality and I hope that they are heartened by that.”
Cornwall Councillor for St Austell Bethel Malcolm Brown said: “"As a St Austell councillor, I am delighted that we are continuing to go smoothly through the stages to bring this road to fruition. It's hard to over emphasise its economic importance for the future of St Austell".
Cornwall Council is contributing £6m towards the new road which will be built by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd.
Story posted 12 March 2020